Weekend Technique Challenge – Basic Patterns Decorative Masks

This week’s Weekend Challenge to keep you stamping explores Stencils and some of the techniques that can be employed when using them.  For this card, I chose to use Decorative Masks to make my own patterned paper. 

I decided to use the current sketch challenge over at The Spot – #158 for the layout of the card and chose the colors suggested by the current Color Throw Down Challenge – CTD639.

And this is the result:


The Basic Pattern Decorative Mask I chose was the one that reminded me of Feathers.  So that became my ultimate design focus.

My steps:

  • The Very Vanilla cardstock background panel (4¼” x 5½”) was placed beneath the selected stencil.  I put a little temporary adhesive on the back and affixed it to my Grid Paper. The corners of the stencil were then fixed with Painter’s Tape.  I used Blending Brushes to apply the ink in an Ombre color progression starting with Crumb Cake, then So Saffron, then Calypso Coral and finally Poppy Parade on a slight diagonal.  The background panel was then trimmed (4” x 5¼”).  Texture was added by dry-embossing the panel with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
  • For the Feathers, I chose to die-cut four in the same colors using the Feather die from the Nature’s Thought Dies.
  • I adhered the Feathers in a drop float pattern on to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (1⅞” x 4¾”).  The panel was then dry-embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  This gives the panel a quilted fabric type look and this technique is called Embedded Embossing.
  • I chose to mat (2” x 4⅞”) the Feathers panel with Terracotta Tile cardstock.  I chose this color because it blends well this the Calypso Coral and the Poppy Parade.
  • The sentiment, Thank You, from the Four Season Florals stamp set was stamped in Versamark ink on to a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock and heat-set embossed with White Embossing Powder. The label was trimmed to size (1½” x ½”).
  • The second label mat (2” x ½”) was created from a scrap of So Saffron cardstock and also dry-embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.

With all the elements completed, I adhered everything to a Crumb Cake card base (8½” x 5¼” scored at 4¼”) as per the sketch to finish off the card.  A little Bow was added using Vanilla colored Baker’s Twine that I have on hand.

Creating your own patterned paper backgrounds is a fun way to use Decorative Masks (stencils).  You can select the specific colors you want/need for the concept you have in mind.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.  Cheers,  Jolanda!

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

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